One more time (Crustacean Nation)

~Andrew Buchbinder, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

Did August 28 sneak up on anyone else out there? I mean, weren’t we just getting ready for Open House? Preparing for the Salute to Troops? Shooting ESPN commercials?  Gearing up for Independence Day Fireworks? Taking in the tunes with the 10th Avenue North Christian Concert? Upsetting a 300+ pound human being while amusing an entire country with the Crawdads Conditioning Challenge?

Could those all have really already happened?  Are they already scripted pages in the 18th chapter of Crawdads Baseball here in Hickory?  I guess so.

It’s kind of a surreal feeling when you reflect on another season in the books.  It’s bittersweet when you say so long to another group of seasonal interns that have been your family for the past six months.  And, above all, it’s a rush and a reminder-of-why when you see a packed house of 4,444 fans come out for that last round of fireworks that we had last night.

As we get ready for the regular season home finale tonight, I’d like to take advantage of this forum to say thank you to everyone that came out and supported us this season.  It was a fun 2010 campaign, and it would be nothing if we didnt have the phenomenal community and fan support that we are lucky enough to enjoy, but never take for granted. 

Another thing we never take for granted is the hard-work put in by everyone that chips in to make each game a possibility.  From those seasonal interns to the game-day staff, we appreciate it all and are glad to have shared in another journey with you.

Well, time to get set for tonight’s Team Card Set Giveaway, Fan Appreciation Night and Game Worn Jersey Auction, wrapping up the home schedule with a bang!  Hopefully, we’ll see everyone out tonight, and hopefully we’ll have some playoff baseball in September as well!  As always, Go ‘Dads!

Andrew Buchbinder is in his second season as director of broadcasting/media relations with the Crawdads.  He previously served in similar capacities with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and the Bakersfield Blaze, the ‘Dads High-A affiliate in the California League.

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